German club Hertha Berlin suspended Côte d'Ivoire star Salomon Kalou for disobeying COVID-19's social distancing rules.
The former Chelsea star shook hands with his teammates and seemed to have alleviated the COVID-19 pandemic after he posted a "Corona song" live on his Facebook account.
Kalou broke the rules when teams from the two main German divisions went to the testing of COVID-19, with plans to resume the Bundesliga.
The player filmed himself interrupting a teammate's test and broadcast it live on the social media platform.
Hertha, in a statement, described the act as "absolutely unacceptable" and noted that it did not reflect the club's position, especially in the face of a pandemic.
"Salomon Kalou was tempted by his negative test results to greet the other players in the locker room, sometimes with a handshake, as opposed to the clear announcements made by health officials," the club said in a statement on its website.
“With his & # 39; Corona Song & # 39 ;, Kalou gave the impression that he is not aware of the extent of the ongoing pandemic.
"With this video recorded inside the team's dressing room, Kalou violated clear internal rules and exhibited behavior that is not appropriate for this current situation, nor does it reflect Hertha BSC's code of conduct."
According to the statement, "the club therefore took the decision to suspend the player in question from training and games with immediate effect".
Also speaking, the general manager, Michael Preetz, said that Kalou's behavior is a great loss for the club and “created the impression that individual players are not taking the coronavirus problem seriously, at a time of great discussion about the restart of football and soccer. role of the professional game. "